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olivia’s dedication

yesterday was olivia’s dedication.
As i described in the comments here, a dedication is a bit like a baptism – it’s a chance to say thank you to God for the child and to welcome them in to the wider church family.

Prayer parents are like god-parents and it’s their duty to pray for the child and generally support them as they grow up.
when they are old enough they can then make their own decision about the Christian faith, which they believe is true.
richard and julia (below), and jane and i are olivia’s prayer parents.
The prayer we said included this phrase “May we be patient and understanding, ready to guide and to forgive, so that through our love she may come to know your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
(can you spot esther and kezia in the picture above ?)